Recommended for: Families, people with allergies
Maintenance Level: Medium – High
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Temperament: Intelligent, playful, friendly
The Spoodle, also known as the Cockapoo, is a dog that is the result of cross breeding the Cocker Spaniel breeds with the Poodle. This dog comes in four sizes: the teacup toy (weighing 2 kg and reaching 25 cm), the toy Spoodle (weighing 5 kg and reaching 25 cm), the miniature Spoodle (weighing 7 kg and reaching 35 cm), and the standard Spoodle (weighing 9 kg and reaching 40 cm). Spoodle’s usually have a life span of up to 15 years.
This breed has a single long soft coat and often sheds very little to no hair, making it an ideal pet for people with allergies. Spoodle’s come in a variety of colours ranging from black, tan, cream, white, silver, roan, beige, red, spotted, and mixed colours. Their coats do require regular grooming and professional grooming is also recommended to keep the Spoodle’s coat in top condition. They will also require regular clipping. Their ears and eyes also require regular cleaning so that they don’t develop ‘tear stains’.
SPOODLE / COCKAPOO HISTORY
Spoodle’s have a deeper historical root than Moodle’s (Maltese x Poodle). Spoodle’s were first known in the 1950s. They then became very popular as designer dogs in the 1960s. The two things that made this breed so popular was the fact that they shed very little to no fur and don’t have a strong odour.
This breed came about by cross-breeding Poodles and Cocker Spaniel breeds.
In 1999, The Cockapoo (Spoodle) Club of America formed to formally acknowledge this beautiful dog breed.
SPOODLE / COCKAPOO TEMPERAMENT
Spoodle’s are very intelligent dogs and they don’t require a lot of maintenance. This breed is the extroverted counterpart of the introverted Moodle. Spoodle’s still love to cuddle up on the sofa with their owner and watch a movie or three.
They are easy to train and have a strong level of curiosity. They also love food, so be sure not to over-feed them because they have a high tendency of weight gain.
The Spoodle can play with children; however, they prefer the company of older people and more mature children who won’t play rough with them. Spoodle’s also get on well with other pets in the household including cats.
The Spoodle is just as happy living in an apartment, on large acreage or anything in between.
COMMON SPOODLE / COCKAPOO DISEASES AND CONDITIONS
Like in humans, canine cataracts refer to a cloudy membrane forming over they eye causing vision impairment. If your Spoodle is suddenly running into walls and has trouble seeing, take them to the vet. They can be removed surgically.
- Patellar Luxation
Patellar luxation occurs when the bones of the patella are not aligned properly and as a result slip in and out of place, causing pain and an abnormal gait. Mild cases generally do not require treatment and do not impact too much on the dog’s life, but severe cases may require surgery.
- Canine Hip Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is a condition where the thighbone and hip joint do not fit together properly, causing pain and lameness. Less severe cases can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, but surgery may be required for serious cases.
The Spoodle can be prone to certain allergies, including food allergies, contact allergies and inhalant allergies. Treatment usually involves removal of the allergen from the dog’s environment or medication.
- Liver Disease
The Spoodle can suffer from disorders that affect the proper function of the liver. The Spoodle is experiencing higher levels of the disease in two forms: copper toxicosis and chronic active hepatitis. Symptoms include weight loss, loss of appetite, increased thirst, blood in feces or urine, seizures, instability, vomiting, and diarrhoea. Take your Spoodle to the vet if you notice any of these symptoms.
INTERESTING SPOODLE / COCKAPOO FACTS
Because of they are good for people with allergies the Spoodle is considered a hypoallergenic dog.
Spoodle’s are hybrid dogs.
Lady Gaga owns a Spoodle named Fozzi and she once dyed her hair the same colour as her dogs.
Cockapoo – Breeders, Puppies and Breed Information Australia http://www.justusdogs.com.au/cockapoo/
Spoodle (Cockapoo) Pet Insurance Quote
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